Denise Goldberg's blog

Sunday, October 23, 2016

from Cadillac Mountain

Evergreens share space with brightly colored ground cover and bushes. It was a beauty of a fall day on top of Cadillac Mountain.

autumn color, from Cadillac Mountain

Saturday, October 22, 2016

in the garden

Last Monday was probably my last visit of "flower season" at The Garden at Pineland Farms. Most of the flowers were well past peak but a few late season beauties caught my eye.

late season flowers


Friday, October 21, 2016


It rained overnight, and our morning wanders were decorated by fog!

We headed into Acadia for a walk along Ocean Path, sometimes walking on the rocks, sometimes on the trail. It almost felt like we had the park to ourselves this morning. Sea gulls wandered and ocean waves crashed on the rocks, creating a kind of music.

After our walk we headed home.

Fog followed us between Ellsworth and Bangor, alternating between a reasonable sight line and very soupy. Denise said she wanted to stop to take a picture of a field where she spotted bright red ground plants as we drove by on Monday. She thought the red and the fog would make an interesting contrast, and I think she was right. The field was in the middle of the heavy fog - we were very lucky to see it as we drove past. We turned around and headed back, looking for (and finding) a good off-of-the-road spot for the car.

Now that we're home again I think I'll help Denise find some more places to wander.

--- Rover
along Park Loop Road
foggy morning in Acadia National Park

bright red groundcover
along Route 1A, somewhere between Ellsworth & Bangor, Maine

Thursday, October 20, 2016

park walks

It was a good day for walking today. The air was crisp with temperatures in the low 50s. I was warm enough, and Denise had the right layers so she was warm too.

We started out with a walk from our B&B to Sieur de Monts Spring, following quiet and mostly empty roads before jumping onto Jesup Path in the park. The trail turns into a boardwalk above what is usually a wet area; the drought must have followed us here because the water was mostly missing.

Park Loop Road was our focus for the rest of the day. We left the car at the Sand Beach parking lot and walked and walked. Whenever Denise saw something interesting we stopped. Sometimes it was a photo stop. Sometimes it was a sit and absorb the beauty around us stop. Both were good.

After we switched from using our feet to sitting in a car we continued our moving and stopping behavior.

Clouds rolled in during the afternoon. When Denise saw the cloud-painted sky she decided we should head back up Cadillac Mountain to see the late day light. It was pretty chilly up there, but oh! it was beautiful. I think I'm starting to understand why Denise likes the sky when it is decorated by clouds.

--- Rover
autumn colors reflected

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

seeking color

Instead of doing a long walk today we drove and walked, looking for interesting color and reflections, stopping whenever something interesting jumped into Denise's eyes. I thought our first stop would be Asticou Azalea Garden. It wasn't; we stopped two places before arriving there.

There were still clouds in the sky when we headed out this morning. They disappeared by the time we arrived at the azalea garden leaving a pure blue sky.

autumn at asticou azalea garden

Our next stop was Jordan Pond. The drought we are having at home seems to have touched this area too; there was less water in the pond than I expected. We did an out-and-back walk, wandering into the woods whenever we saw something interesting.

Even though the sky was not wearing Denise's preferred cloud decorations, we drove to the top of Cadillac Mountain. It was a warm afternoon so it was very comfortable up there even though it was windy enough for me to stay in the camera bag for safety. Denise traded stories with strangers while we all enjoyed the sunshine at the top of the mountain.

--- Rover

from the top of Cadillac Mountain
subtle color as seen from the top of Cadillac Mountain

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

to Schoodic

It was a combination driving and wandering day today. We followed I-95 to Bangor, then headed toward the coast. When we got to Ellsworth we turned to the northeast. Our wandering destination for today was the Schoodic Peninsula.

I think Schoodic is one of Denise's favorite places in the park. We walked over the rocks.

OK, really, I bounced and Denise walked. Happy...

We walked, we looked at interesting shapes and at pools of water on the rocks. We listened to the ocean and watched the waves. I agree with Denise - Schoodic is wonderful.

--- Rover
at the tip of the Schoodic Peninsula

highway views

There were several spots along the road where Denise really wanted to stop to take a picture. She behaved though; it's not good to stop to play when you're driving on a limited access highway.

The color was pretty amazing. Trees painted yellow, orange, and red popped out, with evergreens adding a touch of darker color. As we moved further to the north and east we started seeing some bare branches and a slightly quieter tone of color. It was beautiful!

--- Rover
colorful leaves reflected
reflection captured on a quiet a back road

Sunday, October 16, 2016


It's funny, I don't remember seeing oak leaves turn to brilliant colors in the fall. This year multiple varieties of oak have jumped in front of my eyes, some wearing the brown color I remember, some wearing bright red.

Saturday, October 15, 2016


Our habit is to visit Acadia National Park at least twice a year, once in the spring, once in the fall. Next week is our fall visit; I told Denise I would write our blog entries so she can focus on photos.

We'll start with a quick visit with a friend in Yarmouth, Maine before heading further to the north and east. I know I want to bounce on the rocks of the Schoodic Peninsula. I'd like to see the ocean from the shore and from the top of Cadillac Mountain, and I plan to help Denise choose some of our hikes. I'm always ready for an Acadia visit!

--- Rover
Rover in Acadia

Friday, October 14, 2016


A simple scene wears quiet beauty. Evergreens mixed with deciduous trees wearing autumn colors are reflected in a pond at Harold Parker State Forest.